After their opening match was cancelled, the Elon Women’s soccer team was chomping at the bit to get the first win of its young season against Davidson. In the 3rd minute of overtime, sophomore defender Kendall Ballotti put the ball in the back of the net to give the Phoenix its first win of the year.
The goal developed off of a corner kick from sophomore defender Amanda Lasater. Her corner sailed to the far post, and Ballotti slid and connected with the ball on a low liner that ended the match, due to the golden goal overtime rules being applied.
The goal had broken a match that was scoreless after regulation, with chances few and far between for either side. Although there were a number of opportunities for either side (Davidson outshot Elon 9-8), there were only a combined three shots on goal, including Ballotti’s game-winner.
Elon’s best chance during regulation came in the 58th minute, when freshman midfielder Lauren McKeever put a shot on the near post, only to be denied by Davidson freshman goalkeeper Alex Carpenter. The Wildcats had a chance late on a free kick in the 87th minute, but the shot went over the net.
The Phoenix (1-0) will hope to carry that momentum into their next match, as they travel to Raleigh Aug. 27 to take on North Carolina State. Davidson dropped to 0-2.